Play Versus Purpose #playwithpaperconnection The theme for my belated first contribution as Artist in Residence here at Paper Connection, evolved naturally out of a struggle that we all find ourselves up against at times in our creative practice. The list of what we think must get accomplished, or should happen a particular way oppresses us with expectation… Coupled with…

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All thanks to attending Matrices in October 2018, I returned to Iowa City 28 years later!  This is where the seeds of my idea to form an independent, handmade paper business were sowed and fertilized.  So I am still here, almost 3 decades later, with a fully grown paper business!: Paper Connection in Providence, RI. Above the “guru”…

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With expressive and thoughtful line, Nichol Markowitz‘s work engages the fragility of memories and our conceptions of the self.  In her words: “As a species our history is preserved through the collective human consciousness; our bodies vessels for the past and the present, knowledge, memory, legends and thought.”   The imagery is evocative and driven by…

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…or so it usually goes – but, with a 55 degree New Year’s day it seems like a far off notion. Maybe we need to come up with a little “snow dance?” For now, we will share a simple snowflake fold that is quick and easy. Make…

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Part 2 – Wonderful Washi While washi  (Japanese paper) is a long-lasting Japanese traditional craft, how it became an important part of Japanese culture is almost forgotten even by most Japanese.  In thinking about washi’s role in etiquette, social rituals, and some possibly overlooked utilitarian uses,  in this post, I want to show you some of…

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Paper Connection was thrilled to visit Puerto Rican printmaker and book artist Mariana Ramos Ortiz at Brown University’s Walter Feldman Book Arts Studio. Mariana was a visiting scholar at Brown. Her politically engaged work is charged with bold and beautiful block prints.  Collaboration Mariana collaborated with Brown literary arts lecturer, Erica Mena on a handmade book about…

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Hanji or Korean paper is one of our most popular handmade papers. Hanji is used in a traditional craft called joomchi, a kind of felting of different paper sheets together to create a wonderful effect; organic shapes in rich colors spring to life from an otherwise flat sheet of paper. Hailing from Colorado, PJ Bergin has…

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Maybe you have dabbled in alternative printing for photography, maybe you miss the good ole’ days of film and a 35mm, or maybe you look back at historical photographs over a century ago, and wonder, ‘how did they do it?’ Regardless of which of the above categories you may fall into, you will be inspired and…

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Paperwoman is excited to attend the annual Friends of Dard Hunter conference, Earth | Paper | Sky, in Santa Fe, NM, October 20-23, 2016. With an emphasis on sustainability, water conservation, and global warming, a mission for all who attend is to ensure a “better tomorrow.”  Papermakers, artists, conservators, historians, and others active in the world of…

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Papel Amate (or amatyl) although it comes in sheets, is technically not formed the same way paper is.  It is referred to as “bark cloth”, “paper cloth” and as “paper”, depending on who you talk to.   The most significant fact is that the oldest codex known was made from amate in the pre-columbian era.  The fibers are…

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